Hour At The Museum: Petrichor at Chan Hampe Galleries


Chan Hampe Galleries presents Petrichor, an exhibition that draws its name from the fleeting, earthy scent that comes with rain after a prolonged dry spell. The six artists on show aim to capture the similarly ephemeral moment of creativity with works that follow traditional approaches and pieces that push the boundaries of their media. They include fabrics, metal sculptures, irradiated pointillism portraits and site-specific installations.

Forecast (2016)
By Ruben Pang, oil, alkyd and retouching varnish on canvas, 70x60cm

The artist, who was born in Singapore, did this piece while living alone in Europe. It reflects a relationship he started to nurture with his inner child, expressing also his conflict and instability.

Alpha Male, Beta Blockers (2016)
By Ruben Pang, oil, alkyd and retouching varnish on canvas, 70x60cm

The artist explores the sense of a room. In Europe, he spent most of his time in a room looking out of the windows. He calls his works from this period his "cave paintings" - suffused with a strange light that to him defines solitude.

Pensieri Di Capelli (2016)
By Gabriela Butti, mixed media, backlit, 40x35cm

The artist, who was born in Italy, reflects on emptiness with this moody piece. Her punched dots represent atoms - essential but invisible.

Dream Logic In Situ (2016)
By Melissa Tan, acrylic on watercolour paper and compressed foam, 119x51x72cm

The artist riffs on a theory that it was a shower of comets that brought water to Earth. This work shows the Singapore artist's interest in land and terrain.

Blue Rice (2016)
By Ashley Yeo, Korean silk, watercolour and ink on paper panel, 30x30cm

The Singapore artist, who is interested in the colours of water and light, explores gradients and layers with her paintings. This was created by layering thin washes of ink and watercolour more than 30 times to create depth and vibrancy.

Untitled (The Elastic Forest) (2016)
By Gabriele Dini, bubble gum, colourant, sea salt, 62x62cm

During a two-month residency in Singapore, the Italy-born artist investigated minerals and stones of the island. This is a polished granite-like tile composed of bubblegum and it explores, among other things, environmental care and political restriction.

Suiseki Softfall (2014)
By Weixin Chong, print on silk cotton, 450x120cm

The artist, who was born in Singapore, sees marble as a symbol of luxury and power and explores in this piece marble as a skin, making the stone surface both flexible and fluid. The large-scale textile printis made from detailed scans of various marble surfaces.

Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh

WHERE: Shophouse 5, 5 Geylang Lorong 24A MRT: Aljunied WHEN: Till July 31, 11am to 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday), closed on Monday. Open house tomorrow, 11am to 7pm, with an artists' talk from 2 to 3pm. Viewings outside open house by appointment, call 6338-6192 ADMISSION: Free

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2016, with the headline 'Hour at the museum'. Subscribe